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Our member denominations are doing an extraordinary job of supporting their congregations during this emergency. We encourage you to rely on your denomination’s resources for guidance and support:
They are offering excellent podcasts, prayer huddles and webinars for clergy and people of faith. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out their webpage “Creativity, Compassion and the Coronavirus”: BTS Coronavirus Response
The Red Cross is seeking both immediate donors and intermediate donors. You can go to redcross.org and click on the donate button and the website will direct you to a donation center. Please encourage faith communities
On Tuesday, March 24, MCC hosted an online meeting for clergy and lay leaders of churches in Maine who run programs like food and essentials pantries, clothing closets, shelters, soup kitchens and community meals, all of whom are facing significant challenges in continuing to operate these vitally important services during the COVID-19 crisis.
Engaged Hope: Grounded Leadership in an Era of Ecological Emergency
his year’s Convocation will invite faith leaders and faith communities to be part of a transformative response to the current climate crisis. These times require spiritually grounded leaders who embrace an active, embodied practice of hope — leaders who dismiss the paths of denial and despair and choose to live in a state of engagement. This kind of hope is different from passive optimism — it is a way of being in the world, rooted in faith, expressed in action, and sustained by contemplative practice.
Currently, federal funding helps ensure that more than 30,000 Maine households have a safe and affordable place to call home. But the demand for affordable homes in Maine far exceeds the supply. Avesta Housing and other housing organizations around the state are working to change that.
The Maine Council of Churches joins religious and ethnic communities standing up against the growing anti-semitic outrages that have been occurring at an alarming rate.The American Jewish Committee, the nation’s oldest human rights organization, has asked the American Jewish community to display stickers on their websites read that read “#Jewish and Proud.” The AJC has also asked those non-Jews who support the national protest against anti-semitism to display a similar “Ally” sticker.
We stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters.
A new movie based on a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation makes clear how much we still don’t know.
The effort is being led by the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, but is open to all faith groups.
Maine Council of Churches and friends are featured in an article in this month’s “Journey” magazine, “Faith and Action: Clergy As Allies,” pp. 22-23, about the faith community’s response to substance use disorder and the overdose crisis.